The Power of the People Don’t Stop: West Coast Port Shutdown Dec. 12

1 12 2011

Occupy Strikes Back: Shutdown Wall St. on the Waterfront

From the West Coast Port Shutdown website:


As of November 27, 2011, the Occupy movement in every major West Coast port city: Occupy LA, Occupy San Diego, Occupy Portland, Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Seattle have joined Occupy Oakland in calling for and organizing a coordinated West Coast Port Blockade and Shutdown on December 12, 2011.   Other West Coast Occupies, including Occupy Anchorage and Vancouver, Canada are planning to join the economic blockade and disruption of the 1% on that date, according to organizers.

“We’re shutting down these ports because of the union busting and attacks on the working class by the 1%: the firing of Port truckers organizing at SSA terminals in LA; the attempt to rupture ILWU union jurisdiction in Longview, WA by EGT.  EGT includes Bunge LTD, a company which reported 2.5 billion dollars in profit last year and has economically devastated poor people in Argentina and Brazil. SSA is responsible for inhumane working conditions and gross exploitation of port truckers and is owned by Goldman Sachs. EGT and Goldman Sachs is Wallstreet on the Waterfront” stated Barucha Peller of the West Coast Port Blockade Assembly of Occupy Oakland.

The Movement Strikes Back

“We are also striking back against the nationally’ coordinated attack on the Occupy movement. In response to the police violence and camp evictions against the Occupy movement- This is our coordinated response against the 1%. On December 12th we will show are collective power through pinpointed economic blockade of the 1%.”

Despite what you might be led to believe by the MSM (mainstream media), ILWU rank-and-file are on board:

“These Ports are public. People have a right to come to the Port and protest.  The ILWU has historically honored picket lines at the Port.” stated Clarence Thomas, a member of ILWU Local 10.

ILWU longshore workers are involved as individuals in the planning of the Shutdown.  “I am a longshoreman and I support the December 12th Blockade against EGT.  EGT is a threat to the survival of the ILWU,” stated Anthony Leviege, a member of Local 10.  Dan Coffman, the president of Local 21 in Longview, has publicly thanked the Occupy movement and Occupy Oakland for its actions on November 2nd.

For more detail on the WHY and HOW, including ILWU’s support, read Boots Riley’s report.

Posters and Flyer pdfs here

UPDATE 12/2/11:
Long Beach Press Telegram: “Workers set up picket lines at Ports of L.A., Long Beach

Journal of Commerce: “Picketing Halts Work at Four LA-LB Terminals

Coalition for Clean & Safe Ports: “Trucking Industry exposed for “ripping off” workers and taxpayers; Department of Labor vows crackdown!/OccupyAuckland/status/144667491262668800

Doro Chiba Railway Workers 12/12 Demonstration in Solidarity with the West Coast Port Shutdown


Why We Fight: Rising Costs of Public Higher Ed in CA

27 11 2011

From the Sacramento Bee “Interactive: The rising cost of a UC, CSU education” (via Katehiville News)

Since 1966, fees at both systems have increased about six times faster than inflation.

UC, CSU Fee Increases outstrip Inflation by 6X

At the same time, students are taking on much more debt. The chart below shows federal student loans disbursed to UC and CSU students over the last decade.
Massive Rise in Student Debt
On top of this, the UC Regents are considering multi-year tuition increases of up to 16% annually, cumulatively adding up to 81% over the next four years, which would bring UC tuition to more than $22,000/year in 2016.

Nov. 28 Occupy UC Regents “Meeting”

Occupy UC Davis: Massive Rally, Occupation Planned For Monday

20 11 2011

Occupy UC Davis Strike Poster

Stand up for your fellow students, teachers, and faculty brutalized by the police on Friday.
Stand up against fee hikes and disproportionate administrative salaries.
Stand up for the exploited, the repressed and the disenfranchised.
Stand up for the 99%!

(via Daily Kos) Read the rest of this entry »

OWS calls National Day of Action, Nov. 17

15 11 2011

cant-evict-an-idea, National Day of Action, Thu Nov. 17

And a reminder: don’t sleep!

UCPD Samurai: Open University is happening now!


Tue Nov. 15 Open University Strike at UCB supported by Occupy Oakland March

13 11 2011

UPDATE 3:  Open University Schedule of classes! (pdf)

UPDATE 2:  (Announced on KPFA’s Letters and Politics this morning 11/14) Occupy Cal plans to do new encampment Tues 11/15, subject to confirmation vote at 5pm mass GA.  Also, economics faculty Robert Reich has moved his Mario Savio Memorial Lecture outdoors to the Mario Savio Steps in front of Sproul Hall, 8pm Tues, in support of Occupy Cal.

UPDATE 1: New York Times: “Occupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College Campuses,” 11/14/11

As city officials around the country move to disband Occupy Wall Street encampments amid growing concerns over health and public safety, protesters have begun to erect more tents on college campuses.

Over the weekend, members of the protest group Occupy Cal gathered tents and tarps to rebuild their camp. They have called for a general strike and a mass camp-out at all 10 University of California campuses, 23 state university campuses and 112 community college campuses, starting Tuesday.

Open University Strike flyer

Click for facebook Event Page

Endorsed by: Occupy Cal, UC Berkeley Faculty Association, UCSF Faculty Association, UC Davis Faculty Association, UC San Diego Faculty Association, UC Council of Faculty Associations, AFSCME 3299, ACCE, California Nurses Association, Communities for a New California, UAW Local 2865, UAW 4123, UC-AFT, Berkeley Org. for Animal Advocacy, Students for Hip Hop, Occupy Stanford, M.E.N.D.

Nov-15-posters pdf

Open University Strike Poster w/Schedule of Events (pdf)

Occupy Oakland General Strike 11.04.port_.SISEMORE-620x398

Click to read Daily Cal: "Occupy Oakland to march to support UC Berkeley general strike." The group plans to meet in Ogawa-Grant Plaza — in Oakland at 2:30 p.m. to march down Telegraph Avenue for the 5 p.m. general assembly Tuesday. (Photo: Rashad Sisemore/Daily Cal)

Public Education Coalition:

Call for Open University Strike and Solidarity Actions on November 15th

Why Strike?

OO March to Support Strike at UC Berkeley

Support Occupy Cal and its fight against police brutality and the privatization of the UC system.

“We must recognize that the very same OPD officers and Sheriffs who attacked us here were sent only a few days later to brutalize people at Berkeley. And, once they are finished at Berkeley, they will return to attack us again. Furthermore, in one of its very first decisions, Occupy Oakland agreed to support all strikes in the Bay Area, including student strikes.”

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